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Jesus Our PriestA Christian Approach to the Priesthood of Christ$
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Gerald O'Collins, SJ and Michael Keenan Jones

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576456

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576456.001.0001

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Four Questions for Hebrews

Four Questions for Hebrews

(p.57) 4 Four Questions for Hebrews
Jesus Our Priest

Gerald O'Collins (Contributor Webpage)

Michael Keenan Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws four conclusions from an attentive reading of the Letter to the Hebrews. First, even if many people are unable to reach explicit faith in Christ, all are offered salvation through the sacrifice of Christ. Second, while Hebrews understands Christ's death and exaltation to be the defining moment of his priesthood, the priestly language that this text uses in describing Christian existence also applies to his public ministry. From the beginning to the end, Christ led a priestly existence. Third, Hebrews understands Jesus to accept freely his role as priest and victim. But that does not mean that his death was an act of suicide; it was directly intended and perpetrated by others. Fourth, Hebrews speaks equivalently of the common priesthood of all the baptized; it also seems to allude to their celebration of the Eucharist. The chapter ends by summarizing under fourteen headings the New Testament witness to the priesthood of Christ.

Keywords:   baptism, Eucharist, faith, new testament, priest, salvation, victim

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